Month: January 2020

17 jobs paying more than R2 million in South Africa right now

From Business Insider. There are at least 17 paying jobs in South Africa that earn more than R2m a year, according to recruitment agency Michael Page. Michael Page found that CFO’s, financial directors and chief human resource officers are among the highest paid in South Africa.  The recruitment agency said local salaries are under pressure as …

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US should embrace reform of goodwill accounting

From FT.com: The question of how companies treat goodwill in their accounts has engaged the attention of America’s accounting standards-setters several times over the past seven decades. It has not been a comfortable journey. Twice goodwill-related wrangling has contributed to the standards-setters’ own demise; first in 1959 when the Committee on Accounting Procedure was axed …

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Digital Dollar Project Envisions a Fed-Issued Digital Currency

Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Christopher Giancarlo presented a detailed look into his Digital Dollar Project at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, reports Benzinga.com. The Digital Dollar Project aims to encourage the launch of a central bank digital currency in the United States, according to Giancarlo, who is currently one of …

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Rising credit impulse poses mixed outlook for China – Nomura

Nomura’s Asia desk reports that credit impulse trends signal a mixed cyclical outlook as well as medium-term caution, as the impulse is largely rising in countries where credit is misallocated. In Asia, credit trends outside of China do not receive as much attention as they should. As most Asian economies are bank dependent, the credit …

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France and U.S. Move Toward Temporary Truce in Trade War

From New York Times: The détente emerged after Presidents Macron and Trump agreed to grant more time for talks over a global solution to taxing Amazon, Facebook and other digital giants. France and the United States appeared to strike a temporary truce in a trans-Atlantic spat, French officials said Tuesday, after President Emmanuel Macron agreed to …

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Technical Accounting: The CFO’s Secret Weapon

From Shauna Watson, writing at Cfo.com:  Charles Holley, the retired CFO of Wal-Mart, has said that CEOs want finance chiefs who are: Adept influencers Strong communicators Tireless change agents Nowhere on that list is “proficient accountants.” The controller-style CFO has fallen out of favor, particularly in private equity environments, where fund sponsors believe bookkeepers lack …

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McKinsey report suggests banks would be a major casualty in a global recession

You have another reason to hope the economy doesn’t fall into a global recession: Turns out one in three banks wouldn’t survive such a downturn. The only way they’d make it? If they merged with another financial institution or massively restructured. That’s according to recent analysis from the folks at McKinsey. The management consultancy classifies …

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